The Mag's Ultimate Standings 2013

SINCE LAUNCHING the Ultimate Standings 10 years ago, we've stuck to our tried-and-true four-step approach to ranking every MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL team. First, with the help of Chicago consulting firm Maddock Douglas, we surveyed 1,011 sports fans across North America in the spring to determine what they want most in return for the emotion, money and time they invest in their favorite clubs. Our poll covered 25 topics, from "has likable players" to "provides an avenue for fans to give feedback to the franchise."

Next, through ESPN.com and NetReflector, a Seattle opinion research company, we asked fans to rate their favorite teams online in each category. (Thanks to the 59,298 of you who responded!) We grouped the grades into seven of the eight subjects you see at right.

For the remaining category, bang for the buck, we relied on calculations we've developed with researchers at the University of Oregon's Warsaw Sports Marketing Center to figure out how efficiently teams convert revenues from fans into performance on the field (including postseason victories).

Finally, we combined each team's score across all eight categories into a weighted average, based on the results of our national poll. Since fans said affordability was about 40 percent more important than stadium experience, for example, our formula reflects that.

The result: the 2013 Ultimate Standings, the only rankings that combine fan perspectives with an objective measure of how well teams turn dollars into wins. Ultimately, it all counts.

Title track: 3.6 percent
Championships won or expected within the lifetime of current fans.
1. Baltimore Ravens
122. Milwaukee Bucks

Ownership: 10.2 percent
Honesty and loyalty to core players and to the community.
1. San Antonio Spurs
122. Miami Marlins

Coaching: 3.1 percent
Strength of on-field leadership.
1. San Antonio Spurs
122. Charlotte Bobcats

Players: 11.3 percent
Effort on the field, likability off it.
1. San Antonio Spurs
122. Sacramento Kings

Fan relations: 25.2 percent
Courtesy of players, coaches and front offices toward fans and how well a team uses technology to reach them.
1. San Antonio Spurs
122. Sacramento Kings

Affordability: 17.4 percent
Price of tickets, parking and concessions.
1.Indiana Pacers
122. Toronto Maple Leafs

Stadium experience: 12.4 percent
Quality of venue, fan-friendliness of environment, frequency of game-day promotions.
1. San Francisco Giants
122. Sacramento Kings

Bang for the buck: 16.8 percent
1. Indiana Pacers
122. Toronto Maple Leafs


Click on table headings to sort by category.

TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
1.Anaheim Angels101320462022111
2.New York Yankees2756292494371424
3.Minnesota WildN/AN/A25614350
4.Philadelphia Eagles721710441116442
5.Tampa Bay Buccaneers2049232322129535
6.Philadelphia 76ers24206626512831652
7.New England Patriots1640131252241666
8.Baltimore Ravens1932261953163088
9.Green Bay Packers11032141096
10.Tennessee Titans256012351817231031
11.Detroit Pistons13381527929121121
12.Kansas City Chiefs288125142315351148
13.Dallas Mavericks5251412321340
14.Los Angeles Lakers375060181056074149
15.Houston Rockets6110733283690321528
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
16.San Diego Chargers8097698978108461562
17.New Orleans Saints482668825978591769
18.Los Angeles Kings4574344710323381771
19.Boston Celtics426444678859281937
20.Cleveland Browns649162296462622066
21.Sacramento Kings41543171472129
22.Indianapolis Colts5036598430103372256
23.Vancouver Canucks305328368148272370
24.Miami Heat607146535861922493
25.New York Jets5247493197113422561
26.Seattle Sonics556656627172492680
27.Chicago Blackhawks108891141161151059626108
28.Boston Bruins81827710211880112879
29.St. Louis Cardinals1759781319152922
30.Pittsburgh Steelers151727152438522933
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
31.Houston TexansN/AN/A57215213149
32.Atlanta Braves396567595539473217
33.Utah Jazz3535613341535333103
34.Minnesota Twins382240107411233412
35.Philadelphia Phillies7162837165118633555
36.Edmonton Oilers981439836393535
37.Carolina Hurricanes183010342511203747
38.New Jersey Nets6684555298109133854
39.Tampa Bay Devil Rays1141091111139611711439111
40.New Orleans Hornets34774972784503973
41.Chicago Cubs829384858489741106
42.Arizona Cardinals1127811711910012110341118
43.Phoenix Coyotes6337656163115794186
44.St. Louis Blues212722172926334176
45.Memphis Grizzlies739452651189714598
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
46.Miami Dolphins6518161540224641
47.Dallas Stars225211114618194710
48.Philadelphia Flyers6768756611364864766
49.Arizona Diamondbacks24191326924491
50.Denver Broncos324158256846674915
51.Oakland Raiders332437704895185125
52.San Diego Padres594372764388765277
53.Florida Panthers8610586907354815364
54.Carolina Panthers991151125462681015468
55.Detroit Red Wings8146134335553
56.Ottawa Senators261132495047455658
57.New Jersey Devils4012637810611040565
58.Toronto Maple Leafs6572714811744585881
59.New York Islanders576936427499655957
60.Orlando Magic445839552885546058
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
61.Los Angeles Dodgers564581793551916134
62.San Francisco Giants51797032777556245
63.Colorado Avalanche141624224225346315
64.Golden State Warriors103110949683968764104
65.Atlanta Falcons23481620349366538
66.Indiana Pacers12342161010176643
67.San Francisco 49ers313150384787296713
68.Tampa Bay Lightning7911357751635606791
69.Montreal Expos77310512121195769116
70.Anaheim Mighty Ducks7510251736945567088
71.Minnesota Timberwolves291847603173417192
72.San Antonio Spurs36891913257110
73.Minnesota Vikings10280108100951141057381
74.Chicago Bulls104117981048574997420
75.Washington Wizards91112736975757875108
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
76.Baltimore Orioles989010310392341047673
77.New York Giants4319823710498777723
78.New York Mets8883102681071071007831
79.Texas Rangers9610891868042897997
80.Oakland Athletics1113893510088018
81.Detroit Tigers116111119105109811208175
82.Colorado Rockies101731101061085211182115
83.Jacksonville Jaguars709942513756648362
84.Pittsburgh Penguins5367304533104518430
85.Seattle Seahawks7877857299559885100
86.Washington Redskins87104768011158858626
87.Toronto Blue Jays6942897786102908727
88.Boston Red Sox89927844119658388101
89.Portland Trail Blazers11033121110112921218996
90.Columbus Blue JacketsN/AN/A921542449078
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
91.San Jose Sharks462954639132619165
92.Houston Astros7210153563930439289
93.Denver Nuggets8476939270508092113
94.Phoenix Suns625179645657739483
95.Nashville Predators7487418732206895114
96.Los Angeles Clippers1059810711761717096112
97.Buffalo Sabres9021106115827711596107
98.St. Louis Rams413945586067669814
99.Chicago White Sox85469998761019499102
100.Seattle Mariners365531408762610060
101.Montreal Canadiens4954484357637510123
102.Kansas City Royals836110111474310210284
103.Milwaukee Bucks5899057458310810394
104.Buffalo Bills4770354114704810351
105.Cleveland Cavaliers10686116109101106106105110
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
106.Pittsburgh Pirates971039581792110710685
107.Cleveland Indians92759611189318410789
108.New York Rangers109114104831207611610844
109.Chicago Bears9588928890918210953
110.Toronto Raptors5423645067278811087
111.Florida Marlins1004497118721206911146
112.Washington Capitals685743301024111211299
113.Milwaukee Brewers107851151124966118113120
114.Cincinnati Reds936310910840949311439
115.Atlanta Thrashers11311887959369110114105
116.New York Knicks11795118991218211711695
117.Atlanta Hawks111961009411497109117117
118.Dallas Cowboys94106887466867211819
119.Cincinnati Bengals118116120120116116119119121
120.Calgary Flames7628809138939512072
TEAMRNKBNGFRLOWNAFFSTXPLACCHTTR
121.Detroit Lions11510011310111079113121119

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